There is a way to avoid these types of scams, and I doubt the ones pulling these false lease scams are actually licensed Realtors, because the state license is far to valuable and difficult to achieve to just throw it away by trying such a short sighted con game.
It takes less than a minute to verify a Real Estate license, go to: http://www.dre.ca.gov the first link you will see is "verify a license", once you find a Agent or Broker with a license in good standing, then have them run a quick title check on any property that interests you, and you will know if you are dealing with the owner or not.
It is up to each of us to protect ourselves.
Just be careful if there is money on the table someone will try to take it...period.
Keep an eye on that Realtor too! Remember they are professionals at what they do.698
Premier Cal Realty
You really need a Realtor / Agent / Broker to list your home for you and put it in the MLS. The Listing Agent will take all those calls for you and qualify the applicants with credit reports, etc.
Best of luck,
Orange County CA
Sad to say that people figure out so many ways to be dishonest so they can make money. Make sure your speaking to a home owner or ask the representative for their business card. Any one with a Real Estate Lic. has a DRE#. Get that number from the property manager or whomever that person claims to be from. You can check online to see if they have any complaints filed. Most agents have marketing such as web-sites.
Best Of Luck!
Keller Williams Realty